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Derby field will be full; Pletcher will start 4

Derby field will be full; Pletcher will start 4

DERBY DAY:Kentucky Derby entrant Candy Boy heads back to the barn after a morning workout at Churchill Downs Thursday, May 1, in Louisville, Ky. Photo: Associated Press/Charlie Riedel

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Twenty-one horses have been entered for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, one more than the maximum field of 20.

The entry box closed Wednesday morning, with the draw to determine post positions set for later in the afternoon. The field is limited to the top 20 horses based on points earned in designated prep races.

Leading the way is California Chrome, winner of the Santa Anita Derby. The colt is trained by 77-year-old Art Sherman, who could become the oldest trainer to win the Kentucky Derby.

Todd Pletcher will saddle four horses: Danza, Intense Holiday, Vinceremos and We Miss Artie. Trainer Mike Maker has three horses: General a Rod, Harry’s Holiday and Vicar’s In Trouble. Trainer Bob Baffert, a three-time Derby winner, has two: Hoppertunity and Chitu.

The 21st horse on the points list is Pablo Del Monte, who would need a defection by early Friday morning to get into the 1 ¼-mile race.

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